Written in collaboration with myTamarin, the top UK nanny agency.
So, you’re relocating? The last year has certainly seen many people re-evaluate their living situation, seeking to move to different parts of the UK to be closer to family, be further out from the busy city, and so on. Moving is a big event for any family and whilst it is exciting, it can also be a little daunting, especially when you need to arrange your childcare and you’re not familiar with the options available in your new local area.
Generally speaking, there are five key categories of childcare available: nurseries, wraparound school clubs, childminders, nannies and au pairs. This article discusses the benefits and drawbacks of each to help you make the right decision for your family.
Nursery is a term that encompasses a wide range of Ofsted regulated settings for daytime childcare. They work to the Early Years Foundation Stage framework meaning that whilst there, children will take part in development-oriented activities such as drawing, imaginative play, and communication with others. Most nurseries also adopt a ‘key worker’ policy, where a member of staff is assigned to look after a small group of children, reporting back to parents each day.
Nursery costs tend to be based on the age of the child, with care for children under a year old being the highest and costs gradually reducing by the time they children reach pre-school age. Within inner London and large cities, you can expect to pay £1,428 for 50+ hours a week compared to £1,206 for nurseries in outer London or more rural locations for the same age group. For children aged between 3-4, however, weekly costs can be drastically reduced as all working families are entitled to 30 hours of free childcare.
Wraparound school clubs
Wraparound school clubs are usually offered by the child’s school and offer childcare provision to those parents whose work hours extend the school day or have children that attend different educational settings. Breakfast clubs take place in the morning, and typically open an hour before the school day starts. After school clubs, as the name suggests, take place at the end of the school day, and can cover a broad range of extra-curricular activities such as sports and arts.
Childminders look after children in their own houses and provide care for small groups of children. Some childminders will also offer drop-offs and pick-ups for school aged children when parents work beyond school hours. Like nurseries, childminders must be Ofsted inspected, DBS checked, and first aid trained.
The cost for a childminder varies depending on the age of the child. For 50 hours a week, childminders will charge somewhere in the range of £1,217 to £1,313 for a child under twelve months. Once a child reaches age five, you’ll be looking at approximately £479 for 15 hours a week in inner London, and £354 in the other regions. It’s worth remembering that this cost will drop once a child turns three, as you’ll then be eligible for 30 hours free childcare per week.
Au pairs are young adults, usually from a foreign country who take care of a family’s children and undertake light household chores in exchange for accommodation, an allowance, and meals.
Nannies are childcare professionals that work in your home environment. They provide personalised care for your child, catered to their needs, learning and schedule. Nannies can be either live-in or live-out and either full or part time. One key thing that sets nannies apart from childminders is the number of children they care for. Whilst childminders often look after children from more than one home at a time, a nanny will usually work for just one family.
We know that finding the right childcare for your family takes a lot of time and thought, you want your children to feel safe, happy and nurtured with whichever option you choose after all. Hopefully, you now have a better insight into the choices available to you and this information will help in making your selection. That being said, there is a lot of information to take in, so we thought it might be handy to summarise some of the key points made above:
*for a child under 12 months.
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